That Time I Accidentally Invented Twitter

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A proposal to micro-blog via text.

A curio from the archives. Waaaaaay back in 2003, I was working at Vodafone on their graduate training scheme. One of their fancy new ideas was a crowd-sourced employee suggestion box for new business proposals. As an eager young grad I submitted dozens of ideas. Most of them were crap. But, as I looked back…

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An "on this day" plugin for WordPress

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Just me scratching my own itch. I want to create an RSS feed of all the blog posts which I’d published on this day in the past. For example, if today is 21st of November 2016 then this plugin will show blog posts written on 2015-11-21 2014-11-21 2013-11-21 And so on. You can view a…

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Whatever Happened To Pingbacks?

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In the good ol’ days of blogging, when your blogpost was mentioned on another site, you would receive a “pingback”. A sort of meta-comment you could display which said “So-and-so’s blog has linked here.” It enabled you to see who was driving traffic to you, if a “big name” had noticed you, and gave your…

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One Million

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It’s only a silly number – and not a very accurate one – but it makes me happy. Thank you for reading – it has truly been my pleasure to write for you.

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Changing Theme

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(Hopefully the last naval gazing post of the year…) I asked if using a WordPress theme to emulate the Svbtle theme was unethical. The results were mixed – you can see some of the discussion on HackerNews and AppDotNet (visual view). Broadly speaking, people fell into four categories. People who had never heard of Svbtle…

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Is It Wrong To Use A Svbtle Theme?

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For the last few months, I’ve been using the WordPress theme wp-svbtle. Even with my limited design sense, I think it looks rather spiffy. Recently though, I’ve had a few people on HackerNews and Twitter criticising me of “ripping off” Svbtle and accusing me of trying to defraud readers into thinking I was part of…

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What I've Learned From A Crazy Month of Blogging

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Well. That was an intense NaBloPoMo! I published a blog post every day in November – as I have for the last few years – but this was unlike anything that went before. I had over 50,000 viewers in a single day due to one of my posts, got hit by reddit and HackerNews, and…

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Should you edit old blog posts?

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The fifth anniversary of my blog went by without me noticing. I don’t know if I’m a narcissist, but I quite often find myself re-reading old entries. Sometimes it’s because I’ve Googled for the solution to a problem, only to find I helpfully blogged about it yonks ago – other times I’ll read an article…

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What's The Front Page of HackerNews Worth?

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One of the things that jollies me along during NaBloPoMo (where I have to write a blog post every single day in November) is seeing that people are reading my blog. I like watching the visitor counter tick gently upwards. I also love to see people discussing, arguing, and commenting on the posts I write.…

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ebuzzing – formalising the PR relationship with Bloggers?

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This is a sponsored post from ebuzzing I've been pleasantly surprised by ebuzzing. They're part of the Wikio Group, who are focussed on getting bloggers to post about about brands that they like – and get paid for it. Despite running a backwater blog on obscure mobile phone related nonsense, I often get emailed by…

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